The lush, rich and concentrated palate is layered with velvety tannins and has excellent depth and balance with a long finish.
- SA - Barossa
- South Australia
It’s a blend of grenache, mourvedre and shiraz – though I don’t have the exact breakdown of this 2009 release. It’s a wine, though, with plenty of sweet-fruited oomph. Leather, licorice, plum jam and various exotic spices. It’s warm and ripe but not overdone. And it feels soft and cuddly on your tongue. It’s a fine addition to the Johann’s Garden lineage. Rating 92 - Campbell Mattinson, www.winefront.com.au (20/APR/2011)
Barossa vignerons, including Stephen and Prue Henschke, rate 2009 very highly for grenache, the backbone of this delicious blend. Stephen says its from old vines on the foothills of the Light Pass Range where friable red clay and loam over limestone delivers spicy, elegant, structured grenache with gorgeous silky tannins. Thats a realistic assessment of this high-toned, aromatic, silk-smooth blend. Grenache (71 per cent) sets the tone, but mourvedre (20 per cent) adds colour depth, spicy notes and savoury, taut tannins, while shiraz fattens up the mid-palate. Its irresistible now, but should evolve well for five to 10 years.Chris Shanahan, Sunday Canberra Times (29/MAY/2011)
A magic blend of grenache (71 per cent), mourvedre (20 per cent) and shiraz (9 per cent), soft, supple and spicy, layers of plum and berry fruits, savoury characters, lovely oak and silky tannins.Kerry Skinner, Illawarra Mercury (02/APR/2011)
This is a 71:20:9 blend of grenache, mourvedre, and shiraz and has a most inviting, brambly, dusty bouquet. It is velvety on the tongue, with plump sweet berry flavours, some savouriness, just a tad of spice, and terrific length. For sheer joy and ease of drinking (very fine tannins), this is very hard to go past. Rick Allen, North Shore Times (01/APR/2011)
Winery Tasting Notes
71% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre and 9% Shiraz grapes from selected vineyards growing in the Barossa Valley.
Bright red with purple hues.
Lifted fruit with anise, violets and spice aromas on the nose.
At first on the palate the wine is sweet, lush ,rich and complex with tight refined savoury tannins leading towards a wonderful intense lingering finish.
Excellent vintage, 10+ years
Named as a tribute to the early Barossa Lutheran pioneers, many of whom carried the first name of Johann. Their toil, perseverance and conservatism in hardship has meant that the many generations that followed rejoiced in the riches of their prudent efforts. Barossa growers traditionally referred to their vineyard as their garden. This blend is just one of those blessings. The traditions and culture have survived to this day including the winemaking techniques used in this grenache blend. It is produced from low-yielding, old, gnarled, dry-grown bush and trellised vines from selected vineyards.